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The University of the West Indies

at Cave Hill, Barbados

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Who we are
The Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS) is a dynamic Unit within the University of the West Indies that is engaged in a programme of teaching, research and outreach in the areas of gender, feminism, sexuality studies and masculinity studies in the Caribbean. The mission of IGDS is to produce and disseminate knowledge to transform gender relations in the Caribbean in support of the UWI’s mission to enhance regional and international development.
What we offer
The Nita Barrow Unit boasts a very efficient staff with academics and professionals whose research and teaching experience range in the various fields of political science, sociology, law, administration, methodology, history, feminisms, gender and masculinity studies.
What we do
At the undergraduate level the Institute offers a number of courses from which students can choose every semester. At the graduate level, interested students must contact the Institute to be informed of the new intake which comes around every two years. The next intake of graduate students will begin their graduate programme in the academic year 2016/2017.




IGDS History

IGDS was originally established as the Centre for Gender and Development Studies (CGDS) in 1993... Read more


" By denying or refusing the myriad unscripted ways in which people chance upon, live and love each other, different categories of belonging are created, rendering some families less normal or less valued. This is similar, by the way, to how we tend to think of households headed by women as secondary to the nuclear/male breadwinner family, despite the fact that they represent the family experience of over forty percent of children in the region, or the laws that outlaw lesbian and gay sex and make criminals and non-citizens out of all of us whose desires refuse to be strai(gh)tjacketed. "
Gender, Generation and Memory: Remembering a Future Caribbean, Alissa Trotz

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